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21 May: How Can Business Fight Ebola? Online Panel Discussion with Standard Chartered, CDC, GSK, Arcelor Mittal, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, World Vision and Unicef - Online Read more
The impact of the Ebola outbreak on West Africa has been devastating for families, communities and public health systems already under severe strain. This online discussion will explore how the private sector can best contribute in the wake of a major public health emergency and identify lessons learned for the future. Key questions for the discussion are: How can business best contribute to tackling public health crisis’ like ebola? What have we learned from the on-going ebola outbreak about how to successfully mobilise a business response, and where are the business innovations happening? How can public-private collaboration enhance the impact of business’s contribution? The event is part of the People Month of our Business and SDGs programme.
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28 May: How Can NGOs Scale Social Impact with Business Ideas? Google Hangout with Erik Simanis, Cornell University, and Anna Gerrard, Sightsavers - Online Read more
Join Erik Simanis, Head of the Frontier Markets Initiative at Cornell University, and Anna Gerrard, Technical Advisor: market-based and private sector programmes at Sightsavers, to discuss the lessons from Sightsavers' experience in scaling their impact by implementing business ideas. The Google Hangout will start at 10.30am NYC / 3.30pm London Time. The event is part of the People theme of our Business and SDGs programme.
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02 June: Closing Africa’s Energy Gap By-Invitation Lunchtime Panel Discussion with The Initiative for Global Development - Cape Towm Read more
To coincide with the World Economic Forum on Africa Summit and the IGD Frontier 100 Forum, Business Fights Poverty and the Initiative for Global Development is hosting a lunchtime panel discussion (12.30 - 1.30) with Standard Chartered Bank, ContourGlobal and the UK Department for International Development. Access to energy is routinely cited by large and small businesses as the most significant barrier to their success. Unreliable or inaccessible power also impacts healthcare and education outcomes, which in turn have long-term implications for individuals and societies. The event marks the launch of our new report, and is part of Planet Month, within your Business and SDGs programme
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24 June: How can partnerships with business increase access to safe, clean water for all? Business and the SDGs Online Discussion - Online Read more
Partnerships with business are becoming increasingly central to strategies for delivering access to safe, clean water for all. Join this written online discussion with SABMiller, ODI, 2030 Water Resources Group, WSUP and WWF, at 10-11am New York Time / 3-4pm UK Time on Wednesday 24 June.
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30 June: How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa? Business and the SDGs Online Discussion - Online Read more
Power is routinely cited by large and small businesses as the most significant barrier to their success, adding huge costs to them and their customers. Poor infrastructure slows foreign direct investment and limits countries in their attempts to diversify their economies away from primary commodity export. Unreliable or inaccessible power has a cost that goes beyond GDP figures and business growth, impacting on healthcare and education outcomes, which in turn have long-term implications for the future prosperity of individuals and societies.

Join Standard Chartered, Anglo American, ODI, Initiative for Global Development and DFID for an online written discussion on how we can harness business to close the energy gap in Africa.
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09 July: How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs? Business and SDGs Online Discussion - Online Read more
The key role of private investment in driving economic growth and job creation is increasingly emphasised by governments and donors. The Financing for Development Summit, taking place in Addis Ababa in mid-July and aiming to secure the means for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, highlights the key role of private investment. At the same time, it also emphasises the need for investors to adopt principles and reporting standards for socially and environmentally responsible business, which includes good health and safety, constructive community relations, preventing pollution, protecting workers rights and biodiversity, preventing and fighting corruption, illicit financial flows and tax evasion. Join the discussion with CDC, the UK's Development Finance Institution, to explore responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs, from 10am New York Time / 3pm London Time on 9 July.
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22 July: How Can Value Chains be Harnessed for the Sustainable Development Goals? Business and SDGs Online Discussion Read more
Businesses, by harnessing their value chains, can be powerful drivers of social, economic and environmental progress and, consequently, can play a critical role in achieving many of the draft SDGs. Join this online written discussion to explore how far we have come, and what's next to deepen scale and impact?
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24 September: Business and the SDGs: Harnessing Domestic Inclusive Business for Social Impact Part of the Business Call to Action Annual Forum - New York Read more
Some of the most innovative approaches to harnessing business for social impact have come from domestic companies and large corporates working to support domestic companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Speakers include: Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UN Development Programme; Juan Sebastian Pardo Lanzetta, CEO, Credifamilia; David Croft, Global Sustainable Development Director, Diageo; Tafsir Awal, Director, Multomode Group & Lal Teer Seed; Piyush Jaju, CEO and Co-Founder, ONergy; Chair: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Executive Director of Fletcher's Institute for Business in the Global Context.
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24 September: Business Call to Action Annual Forum Annual Forum, to coincide with the UN General Assembly - New York Read more
Join leaders of prominent inclusive businesses as well as senior representatives from government, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations to learn about innovative businesses models, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, network and establish linkages with other leaders in the field. The half day-long event will offer opportunities to showcase innovative work, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, network and establish links with other leaders in the field.
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25 September: Business and the SDGs: Building Blocks for Success at Scale Part of the SDG Business Forum, marking the launch of a report by Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School CSRI - New York Read more
As the world comes together to formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leaders across sectors recognise that the challenges are too great and too systemic for any one of them to tackle alone, and that business’ contribution will be pivotal. Speakers include: Justine Greening, Secretary of State, UK Department for International Development; Jay Collins, Vice Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citi, Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson; Kevin J Jenkins , President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision; Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact; Jon Pender, Vice-President IP and Access, GSK. The event will be chaired by Jane Nelson, Director, The CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
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27 October: Business and the SDGs: Building Blocks for Success at Scale Panel marking the launch of a new report by Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School CSRI - London Read more
With the Sustainable Development Goals now adopted, attention is shifting to how they will be delivered. There is growing appreciation of the role business can play. This event marks the London launch of a new report on this theme by Business Fights Poverty and the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Panelists include: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International; David Croft, Global Director of Sustainability, Diageo; Liz Stuart, Research Fellow - Team Leader, SDGs, ODI; DFID (tbc) and Pearson (tbc).  The event will be chaired by Graham Baxter, Business Fights Poverty.  The event will take place from 5.30 to 7pm and will be followed by a reception.  Registration will open from 5pm.
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10 November: Business and the United Nations Launch event for a new report by Business Fights Poverty and Harvard Kennedy School's CSR Initiative - New York Read more
The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (www.sdgfund.org) at UNDP is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of the new report “Business and the United Nations” produced by the SDG Fund’s Private Advisory Group in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty. The event will take place on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in New York (ECOSOC Chamber). The Report, which explores UN engagement with business from the perspective of businesses, will initiate a dialogue on how to co-create, co-design and co-invest in new modalities of sustainable development engagement between the UN, private sector, civil society and governments.
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01 December: Business Practitioner Workshop: Embedding the Global Goals into Business Business Practitioner Workshop - London Read more
With the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) now adopted, attention is shifting to how they will be delivered. All sectors now recognise that business’ contribution will be pivotal. Leading examples of sustainable business practices exist, but to achieve the Global Goals, such practices will need to move from the cutting edge to the mainstream. This business practitioner workshop is designed to help companies embed the Global Goals into their core business and social investment activities, with an emphasis on enabling action by sharing insights, approaches and practical tools from leading businesses as well as civil society organisations and initiatives.
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25 February: How can Business and the UN Work Together Towards the Sustainable Development Goals? Online Discussion with the SDG Fund and CSR Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School Read more
As people from around the world start to focus on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)–the new ambitious vision for ending poverty and protecting our planet– they are exploring new ways of engaging and partnering with each other to achieve greater scale and systemic impact. This discussion will bring together representatives from business, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F), the CSR Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty to explore how business and the UN can work together towards the SDGs.
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08 September: How can business harness the SDGs for greater impact in smallholder agricultural value chains? Online Discussion, as part of the SDGs and Agriculture Challenge - Online Read more
A growing number of companies are asking how they can harness the SDGs to spur greater impact for the business and for smallholders. We have teamed up with the Sustainable Food Lab, Mars, SABMiller and DFID to develop guidance for businesses with smallholder sourcing strategies. This online discussion aims to inform this guidance.
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19 September: Business Fights Poverty NYC 2016: Business Collaborating to Deliver the SDGs Business Fights Poverty Conference with Citi, SABMiller, Mars and DFID - New York Read more
On 19 September (8am - 12.15pm), we will be hosting an inspiring and action-focused half-day event in New York on how businesses, non-profits and governments are collaborating to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, the event is convened by Business Fights Poverty and supported by Citi, SABMiller, Mars and DFID.
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16 November: How should business approach embedding the SDGs into their core business? Part of the Business and SDGs Challenge - Online Read more
This discussion is part of a Challenge on Youth Employability with the UK’s Department for International Development, Pearson, De Beers and Cemex. This online discussion will inform the development of a guide for business managers. It will also feed into the Fletcher School's Annual Inclusion Forum (Inclusive Inc) happening in Boston later in the day.
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20 March: BOND Annual Conference 2017 Europe's biggest international development conference - London Read more

Europe's biggest international development conference (20-21 March 2017), bringing together diverse organisations and thinkers to share ideas and discuss emerging trends in the international development and humanitarian sectors.  In this time of unprecedented change, this two-day conference will challenge your thinking and stimulate debate around crucial current issues.

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